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have something to teach us about running elections. would you believe the french? imagine a campaign without political tv ads. and when one of the candidates lives with a woman who is not his wife, not an issue here. yet, call their president mister and how do you say faux pas in french. >> i apologize if -- >> no, no, no -- >> if i said the wrong thing. and harry smith plays a little bit of truth or dare with madonna on staying relevant and how maternal instincts play a part in her life. >> reporter: madonna, still controversial, still going, but softening up too? >> you almost cried. >> i did not. >> reporter: tonight her super bowl appearance, her divorce, and being the mother of a teenager. >> i don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all my daughter. sdoo but there's a video of you with a cigarette in your mouth. >> that's just an accessory, harry. also tonight, remembering the man who brought rock 'n'
roll to national television every saturday afternoon. we look back at the life and legacy of dick clark. that and more as "rock center" gets underway. ♪ i'm on band stand ♪ captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening, and welcome to "rock center." ted koppell leads us off tonight. he is just back from a parallel universe of our own. a place where they elect a president every few years like we do, but not in the way we do. they don't spend billions on their elections, and they don't spend years running for office. the parallel universe in this case is france. they have many of the same leading issues as we do -- jobs and terrorism and tension over immigration. but among the big differences, french voters will see zero tv ads before they go to the polls
this sunday. how could our country possibly survive without those tv ads? ted says the larger question here is this -- could america learn something from decision 2012 french-style? here is ted koppell's report. >> reporter: watch this. i think you're going to enjoy it. american reporter, that would be me, is about to get quietly but firmly rebuked by the president of france. that would be him. good day, mr. sarkozy, i say. bon jour, mr. saar koez where i. mr. president, says he, dismissing any prospect of further conversation. how do you say faux pas in french? here's the thing. the president of france is a very big deal, indeed. sort of like the queen of england and prime minister all rolled into one. >> he has much more power than the president of the united states.
he is at the same time the single of power like the queen of england and the reality of power like the prime minister of england. >> reporter: dominique, an expert on french government, explained that when nicolas sarkozy is making a campaign appearance, as he was on this occasion, he can be addressed like any other candidate. here, listen to these french interviewers. it's a political program, part of the campaign. they don't call him mr. president. a position i tried unsuccessfully to explain when the president re-emerged. >> before i addressed you as mr. sarkozy because my french colleagues told me that when you are here -- >> it's not still president? >> no, no -- >> i am still president. >> of course. they told me when you are here as a candidate, as a political candidate, it is inappropriate -- i apologize
if -- >> no, no, no, no. >> if i said the wrong thing. >> no problem. >> is it not -- is it not correct? >> it's perfectly correct. >> okay. >> my name is nicolas. >> may i ask you -- >> reporter: still, that interview were hoping for, mr. koppell? don't think so. while our presidential campaigns seem to last for years, the french campaigns start to finish is a mere four months. sarkozy, the conservative, is personally unpopular. his chief rival, the socialist is bland. his rivals call him mr. jell-o. he owes his candidacy to dominique strauss-kahn. he was the odds-on favorite to lead the socialists to victory until this happened in new york. those charges were dropped, but more recently he has been charged with involvement in a prostitution ring in france.
even in this sexually tolerant country, that was too much. >> it was not about a man having affairs, though he is married. >> those are all okay? >> this is okay. it was extreme. it was perceived as sickness. >> reporter: the woman on the left, was the socialist candidate for president in 2007. >> viva, france. >> reporter: back then they were in a long-term relationship. they never married, but had four children. he is now living with a journalist to whom he is also not married. that's okay. it might be an issue in the united states, but not here. how civilized, how french. if you are a french citizen, have no criminal record and are, get this, at least 18 years old, you can run for president of france.
the fellow in the bumblebee costume, for example, he ran briefly, as did cindy lee, the lady in the see-through blouse. to actually get on the ballot, though, you need the signatures of 500 elected french officials. it sounds so easy. there are, after all, more than 40,000 elected officials, but as julian, one of president sarkozy's pollsters explained to me, all but a handful of those officials are the mayors of very, very small towns. >> the fact that they give the signature, all the people many the small village knows about it. >> right. >> so it's big to give your signature for a candidate. it means a lot. >> reporter: ten candidates got the required 500 signatures. sarkozy, the conservative, and the socialist are front runners,
but marie and the front are whipping occupy anti-immigration fervor on the far right while jean-luke is drawing huge crowds of communists to his rallies on the far left. somewhere a little to the right of president sarkozy is nicolas dupont -- what he and they all have in common is that they do not, they cannot buy political ads on tv. did you hear that? a presidential campaign and no political advertising. >> no, it's forbidden. >> but if you could, you could get your message across. then you don't have to wait for people like me. you just say here. >> it's true. >> i buy the time. do you miss it? >> of course. in a way i miss it. on the other hand, i have less money than them. >> that's true. >> there is a strong belief in the french people that french
people need to be convinced by argument, by conviction, and not by advertising agencies. >> reporter: with no political commercials, the only mass exposure is on network news and public affairs programs, but here's where the french obsession with equality comes in. to insure that every candidate receives equal time, there is a government agency. ten staffers record and count every single minute that any one of the ten presidential candidates is on radio or tv. ♪ >> reporter: radio inter is sort of a french npr. jacques is the news director. >> the morning, for example, which is our primetime, the biggest candidate will be more exposed, but we have to give equal access to the candidates,
so we have to find other times which can be in the afternoon, in the evening, in the night as well. >> as long as you give equal time? >> as long as we give equal time to each of them. >> but you still have to count up, i mean, quite literally, the number of minutes that each candidate gets? >> exactly. >> difficult, but still manageable. during the current period, though, april 9 through april 22nd, the difficult becomes virtually impossible. the government now requires that all ten candidates receive not nearly equal time, but equal time at the same time of day. most broadcasters simply give up and don't cover politics at all. >> ironically, in this effort to make everything absolutely fair for everyone -- >> yes. >> -- the one who gets lost in the process is the french public. >> yes. the riddle is that the more you
get close to the votes, the less you cover politics. >> reporter: so during the last two weeks of the presidential campaign, all of the candidates effectively disappear from radio and tv. that, says dominique, is a problem because the french electorate is already a little apathetic this year. >> now we are speaking of nearly 30% of abstention, so there issen usually -- >> but are you still talking about 70% of the people voting. >> yes, yes, yes. i would be trying for -- >> it would be a triumph in america. >> ted will continue his report right after this break. it turn out there is political the french have to learn from the u.s. about electing a president, and not to get ahead of ourselves, but just a heads-up on something coming up later in the broadcast. he was the fastest human anyone had ever seen at the last olympics, but can usain bolt do it again, especially considering who is going to be chasing him? that's still to come.
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we are back, and we continue now with ted koppell's reporting. the jern election season in this country, as you know, has not yet started. we're still in the primaries, ya hemos vuelto, continuamos and, yet, so far we have seen $100 million spent in tv ads. it is generally assumed president obama will have $1 billion war chest heading into this campaign. so wed went looking for a country that does it differently, and his plane ticket took him to paris where they are voting on sunday and where at this point now the candidates disappear from television. if that sounds great to you, lisp to what many of the french people told ted as he continues now, his report. >> reporter: this u.s.-style rally is one reason that president sarkozy's rival call him the american.
it is not meant as a compliment. sarkozy's campaign running behind the socialist is pulling out all stops, including frequent appearances now by his glamorous wife, the former super model carla bruni. actually, though, it is the socialist campaign directed by these three young men, vincent, arthur, and deon, that has the distinctly american flavor. >> we've been advocating for more america in french election for two years. we've been pushing, you know, let's do what obama did for two years. >> reporter: the three met at harvard and m.i.t. >> if anyone on the campaign is over the age of 40, you throw them out the window there, or what do you do? >> absolutely. we already have two casualties. it's a very young staff because people in charge of organizing -- we need energy, and it's true that we end up being a very young team. >> reporter: during these last
two weeks of the campaign, the cameras dwindle, broadcast coverage evaporates. effectively shut down by the requirements for equal time. monsieur has simply redirected his campaign. >> translator: it is the law, and it's true, and it's curious in a campaign that the main candidates disappear so because we have to access to exhibition, it's necessary we go and knock on all the doors. >> i think the first time that a political party has seen such a massive campaign. >> reporter: what kind of reaction are you getting from people? >> very good reaction. actually, interestingly, when we started pushing for this idea people were saying, well, it's in the u.s. if you go and knock on people's door, it's going to be intrucive, but it's actually wrong. people are super welcoming. >> reporter: in france it's called door to door, and, no,
not everyone opens up. >> no. >> reporter: but the socialists have a volunteer army of 150,000. people like jan and klaus here, and they are clamming that they will have reached 5 million voters. >> it's to show that we're them so that if another team comes, they know we're there, and they go to the next one. >> and what are you waiting for now? >> somebody to come out. somebody to come in. >> reporter: after an hour and a half of climbing stairs, speaking through cracked doorways, jan and his partner klaus have made three contacts. people who hadn't voted before, but who are now considering voting. >> sometimes i have an hour and a half, and sometimes it happens to me to have zero. >> it's a small office. you don't seem to have a lot of high-tech equipment. >> we don't. >> yes? >> no, definitely.
this is i think one of the main things of politics in france, which is almost everything about it is volunteering. >> don't take this the wrong way, but you realize particularly among republicans in america, if you really want to insult an american political candidate, you accuse him of being a french socialist. >> yeah. >> right? >> now you see what france socialism looks like. it's not people with knives and ready to do the revolution a. it's people believing in change. i guess it should make all republicans confident that even with -- we will be very good friends with the united states. >> ted koppell, back here on safe ground. the kids are great. they're instantly identifiable. they look like kids who work in campaigns here. let's talk about the funding. so we establish that, you know, the obama campaign, for one, will go into this with $1 billion. what's the net spending, and where does the money come from
there? >> in this first phase each candidate is allowed to spend up to $22 million. the second phase, which will come this sunday, when probably sarkozy will be either one or two, they'll go up against each other for the next two or three weeks, and then may 6, i believe it is, is the final election. they're allowed to spend another $30 million at that time. after that if they get more than 5% of the vote, which, of course, they will, they get back 47.5% of that from the government. clear? >> clear. i'm with you the entire time. >> thank you. >> and to put on your french politico, do you think sarkozy survives? >> you know, i was so impressed by those young kids who have been studying at m.i.t. and harvard, i think they're going to take it away from him. >> wow. interesting. interesting. called for a judgment. we'll see what happens. ted koppell, as always, it is a pleasure. snoo thank you, sir. >> every.
when we come back, she was one of the first single name artists. madonna. tonight she sits down with harry, that's harry smith, and he asked her what it's like to be madonna. >> are there two madonnas? >> there's probably about 25, but to my children, there's mostly the one that comes home and says have you done your homework and why are you wearing that and why did you say that and what are you eating that for? ♪ ♪ give me your love ♪ ♪ l-u-v madonna ♪ ♪ give me all your love ♪ ♪ give me your love ♪
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we are back tonight with a conversation with madonna, and in light of today's news about the death of dick clark, take a 3 f1 look at this. ♪ >> what do you hope to happen did -- >> that was american band stand. her song "holiday." she was 25 years old, and when dick clark asked her there what her ambition was, she said, quote, "to rule the world." okay. so she fell a little short of that, but she has done okay for herself. she has relaunched and reinvented herself yet again. she is, as you'll see, different now. from the hint of british accent you'll hear sneak into this conversation to the fact that she is older now and has dealt with more highs and lows and things like parenting. harry smith sat down with madonna a few days back, and among others things, challenged her to play truth or dare.
♪ >> reporter: the last time most of us saw madonna was during halftime at the super bowl. ♪ strike a pose ♪ >> reporter: simultaneously channelling both her inner cleopatra and her inner cheerleader, yes, she was a cheerleader in high school, it seemed she had finally found a stage big enough to match her blonde ambition. ♪ music ♪ >> reporter: the super bowl set a record as the most watched television event in u.s. history, but more people watched the halftime show than watched the game. 114 million people stayed to watch. what did that mean to you? >> it meant the world to me. it meant that i guess people were curious to see what i was going to do. and i felt really lucky. >> affirmation? >> yeah. i mean, it was a kind of a magical experience. especially towards the end when
i was singing "like a prayer." ♪ everyone must stand alone ♪ >> everybody was lit up like a candle. yeah. >> you almost cried. >> when? >> just now. >> i did not. but i almost cried on the super bowl. >> yeah? >> i did. during "like a prayer." i almost cried then for sure. i didn't almost cry. >> not just now? >> i know when i'm about to cry, harry. you don't know me that well. >> for 30 years now madonna has been seek and getting our attention. like her or not, the super bowl proved we cannot ignore her, nor apparently do we want to. so when her new album was released last month, once again, she got our attention. it debuted at number one. >> it's hard to be number one. it's hard to sell records. you know? it's a a lot of competition, and i was extremely elated. yeah. >> but in the second week it plunged down the charts leaving some to wonder if the mistress
of reinvention had lost her touch. don't tell that to her die-hard fans who went to her launch of her new perfume and asked her to sign his arm. >> i asked her to sign it, and she agreed to it. she did. >> he then went to the tattoo parlor to have the signature made permanent. as for the album's content, the lyrics seem to be a scream against her ex-husband, guy ritchie. >> there are lyrics about custody and prenups and how do you end up with all my jack. did you get a lot off of your chest? >> yes. i did. in a matter of speaking. there's a rule of them when it comes to writing, and that is write about what you know, so -- >> i heard some anger in there. the girl is angry. [ speaking french ]
>> what does that mean? >> i am angry. ♪ but i'm a bad girl ♪ >> nary a day goes by, it seems, that madonna isn't in the news. the tv ad for measure new perfume reportedly rustled feathers when it was deemed too racy. >> is there a point in your life where you ever get tired of being controversial? >> i think it's not me being controversial. i think other people like to get attention, and they know they can get attention for themselves by mentioning my name, and i think some people are kind of stuck on my name like a needle on a record, and they just have to keep calling attention to something i've done. and it works. >> reporter: maybe not tired of being controversial, but tired, yes. our chapter plays at midnight, and even she admits sometimes she thinks about slowing down. >> 53 years old, making music. do you ever have a day where you think you know what, i'm going to just chill? >> of course, i have those days. i'm having them right now just about every other day.
i want to stay home in my bed. yeah. i'm tired. it's past your bedtime, harry. >> it is a little bit. >> reporter: turns out, it's not so easy maintaining her place at the center of the pop universe and being a single mom with four kids. >> is it hard being you? >> i imagine it must be. yes, it is. it must be hard because i complain all the time. >> i'm serious. >> that's a strange question to ask me. is it hard being you? >> only on certain days. >> yeah. i mean, i think it's hard. we all have our challenges. to be a single mother of four and to work as much as i do, live my life in a kind of metaphorical fishbowl, it's pretty challenging. yeah. but so far i've survived with sanity and humor intact. >> are there two madonnas?
>> there's probably about 25, but to my children there's mostly the one that comes home and says have you done your homework and why are you wearing that and why did you say that and what are you eating that for? >> reporter: her oldest daughter lour lour lourdes is 15. they a clothing line and sang back-up on her album. >> there was a picture of her smoking a cigarette, and i thought how did madonna react to that? >> she wasn't very happy. >> are you a tough mom? >> i think i am, but honestly, i don't think i'm as tough as i should be. i think i need to be maybe tougher. it's hard, though. it's hard. every day is a negotiation. cigarette smoking i'm not very fond of, for anyone. i don't approve of anyone smoking a cigarette. most of all my daughter. >> but there's a video of you with a cigarette in your mouth. >> yes. i don't smoke.
that's just an accessory, harry. there's a different. she smoked that cigarette before i did that video, so she didn't get that from me, okay? >> reporter: and les you wonder if she's about to morph into the material mom, fear not. madonna is not done. >> do you have stuff left to prove? >> i don't know about prove, but i certainly have stuff left to say. i think that's really why i'm doing it. i still feel like expressing myself that way, and i'll keep doing it as long as i do. >> reporter: madonna with harry smith. another break. when we come back, a home grown success story in a place with too few of them. how a small caribbean nation manages to simply outrun the rest of the world, do it in their own way and with flare.
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london olympics, and once we get there, one of the athletes who will be receiving the most 3 f1 attention will be the world's fastest man. usain bolt, he became an international star when he shattered records four years ago at the beijing olympic games, but he is not a solo act. instead he is the proud product of what may be the world's fastest nation. his biggest threat in london may well come from his fellow jamaicans and so lester holt went there to report on the olympic training of the running man. >> reporter: he made it look so easy that night in beijing nearly four years ago. it sook usain bolt just 9.69 seconds to restore to a scandal-tarnished sport a sheer joy of speed. and the bad news for would-be rivals is planning quite a
second act. >> you haven't gone your fastest yet, have you? >> no. >> reporter: after a gold medal hat trick in beijing, winning the 100 meters, 200 meters, and as part of jamaica's 4 x 100 relay team, bolt has set his sights even higher. to win all those events and perhaps add a fourth gold in the 4 x 400. >> after london games people should say, wow, when you turn your tv off you sit back in their chair for a minute. >> reporter: such a feat. would unleash a celebration in jamaica that could outdo even the aftermath of beijing. >> reporter: to see your countrymen in the street celebrating you and what you have done for the country, man, that must be bigger than anything. >> you have no idea. goose bumps all the time, and it was amazing. >> reporter: amazing, yes, but this island nation of just under three million people has a long tradition of producing some of
the fastest humans on earth. usain bolt is just the latest king of the track. glen mills is his coach. >> it's not just a sport, but a way of life. >> reporter: a very competitive way of life. this time around bolt will have some tough competition nipping at his heels. 22-year-old yohann blake who trains with bolt and he is determined to make his own mark in london. do you think you make him better? >> every day. >> reporter: in fact, blake is the reigning 100 meter world champion, though that title comes with something of an astericks after bolt was disqualified for an uncharacteristic false start last summer. >> usain bolt false started. i think usain bolt just false started. >> reporter: that pressure from a home-grown phenom is something new from bolt who has reigned supreme since beijing.
enjoying life as a global mega star, a pitch man for everything from sports drinks to sneakers to cell phone service. >> hi. i'm richard branson. >> here pretending to be richard branson. even goofing around with prince harry, schooling him in the right way to do his trademark victory pose. and holding fort in his own restaurant in kingston. >> it's wonderful to get to come here and eat free. >> reporter: oh, and he has kept running. in 2009 at the world championships in berlin he crushed both his own olympic records, running a staggering 9.5le seconds and 19.19 seconds in the 200. but along with those breathtaking times come the questions. can we believe what we're seeing? can the sport finally leave its
history of doping behind? bolt has never failed a drug test, but he knows that's not enough to quell the suspicion. >> would you agree that track has suffered a black eye in recent years, and if so, what's your role in trying to re-establish it as what it used to be? >> definitely. i just work. all can i do is just run, run hard, run fast, try to get more people interested. for me to get all the questions about drugs out of the way, over the years it's getting much, much better. it's important that everyone work hard and stay clean. >> you're the guy that's carrying a lot of that weight on your shoulders. >> yeah. to me it's fun. the way i look at it, if i do good for myself, i do good for the sport. >> reporter: and doing good started early for usain bolt. he grew up in the rural northwestern part of the country where the rhythms of life are anything but fast. >> the word on you when you were a kid is you couldn't sit still.
you had a lot of energy. do you remember your first competitive race? >> primary school i started my -- if you win today, i'm going to buy your lunch, and i won, and i got lunch. it was a good deal, so -- >> reporter: like these boys playing outside his primary school, usain bolt learned to compete and win. his father, gideon. >> one guy -- man, he would cry because he got beaten, and then the next year, hey, nobody could beat him. >> reporter: while the winning came easily, staying on his father's good side sometimes did not. >> during my time, usain could not get away with anything that is wrong. he knows he would be getting spanking for it. i love him, but at the same time he must do what is right. he always say, mom and dad, at times thank you for the way you
grow me. >> reporter: the ability to with stand the pressure of major competition is forged at an early age here in jamaica. every year track athletes from around the country come here to national stadium in kingston to take part in what is arguably this nation's most enduring sports tradition. the 102-year-old tradition known simply as champs. more precisely, the boys and girls championships.tas con ma march madness on the track. >> you work as hard as possible to come here to win. >> he is crossing the line. >> it's a win or die exhibition out there. they take it really seriously. >> reporter: bolt and blake both dominated at champs. blake even acquiring a nickname of his own. the beast. >> what did you run in champs? >> i run the 100, 200, the 4 x 100, 4 x 400.
>> which one did you win? >> i won all of them. >> everything we do we want to be the best. it's a great motivation just to know that the country looks forward to doing so good. >> reporter: but it's not just a question of being the best. for so many athletes here track and field has the power to transform lives. >> and frazier of jamaica running away from the field to win it. >> shelly ann frazier was the fastest woman in beijing, leading a jamaican sweep of the 100 meter medals. while bolt and blake grew up in the candidateside, frazier contended with some of the meanest streets? kingston. it was her mother who had her first child at 13 who pushed her to succeed. >> she knew that being a young girl where i was was very difficult because young men, they didn't give the young girls a chance to truly grow up. as soon as you start having some big breasts and bottom and hips, then it's over. >> reporter: frazier's talent
kept her on the track, in school, and out of the danger, and she, too, learned to shine. the most promising high school athletes here once might have left jamaica, snapped up by american scouts for intense training and competition in the ncaa, but that has changed. usain bolt has always lived and trained here, and everyone wants to be like bolt. the best coaches in jamaica cultivate that greatness without fancy equipment or high-tech facilities, but with discipline, repetition, and hard, hard work. and that hard work all but fills bolt's days now. in the past bolt would take a turn deejaying at clubs or take long nights out, entourage in tow, but as london draws near, he has shut out many of those distractions, knowing all eyes are on him. being a national treasure, bolt
has found has its drawbacks. like the team he wanted to buy a motorbike. >> i wanted to buy a motorbike. i went to the shop. i walked in, and the guy didn't recognize me. i was looking. all right. can i help you? i turn around. he is, like, what are you doing here? i'm looking at motorbikes. i probably want to get one. he is, like, i'm not going to sell you a motorbike. i'm, like, why? he is, like, really? if anything happens to you, they're going to come to me. i'm not going to sell you. >> reporter: for all his good-natured ease, bolt knows he has rivals who would clearly love to take what's his. especially his friend and teammate. >> i saw you with yohan. you look like friends. >> yeah, we are friends. absolutely. we push ourselves in training and work hard together, but we're friends, so it never changes. it's fun. >> reporter: chances are when it stops being fun, usain bolt will stop running. it's still fun.
>> and, yet, lester, you and i were talking earlier, if you were setting out to design a sprinter from the ground up, you wouldn't necessarily design -- >> not this case. too tall. he is 6'5". traditionally a taller sprinter would not get out of the blocks as quickly. a little more resistance. he has skoelosis. he has a noticeable curvature of the spine. that's led to some injury problems in the past. yet earnings overcomes it. the proof is in the pudding. paper doesn't run. people run. >> you like that. >> you like that? >> you have used that before. >> you came back from jamaica and talking about one of my favorite things, yams. >> his father suggests it's the yams. they eat a lot of root vegetables in jamaica, including a variety of yams you can't find around here. it's kind of a yellow meat. yam. they eat a lot of that. a lot of people say that's his secret to success. >> all right. lester, thank you. it's a great story, and, by the way, yam fans, we have a feature on the food on our website tonight if you are interested. when we come back here tonight,
remembering dick clark, who changed our saturday afternoons and then he kind of moved in to stay, becoming one of the most famous and recognizable faces in america. ♪ whether or not. >> there's a front in here, no doubt, and as the front comes into the northeast, it will bring some rainn. inside projects kind of day on sunday. temperatures cooling down, and the rain spreads all across the area.
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dick clark had died. he entered a santa monica, california, hospital yesterday evidently for an outpatient procedure, and he died there today of a massive heart attack. he was 82 years old. president obama put out a statement tonight that mentioned dick clark's optimism, and it's true. he was always a sunny presence. he loved music and those who performed it, and he knew and understood it took all kinds, and he invited them all on his show. he was also a mogul and one of the best recognizele americans of the modern era, and so tonight we wanted to remember the durable dick clark. ♪ >> live from philadelphia. it's time for america's favorite dance party "american bandstand." now here's the star of our show, dick clark. >> reporter: in terms of u.s. presidents, his tv career spanned from eisenhower to obama. he was an american original as
familiar to all of us as any media figure of the last half century. everybody new dick clark, a television staple, spanning three american generations. >> this one is called "rock around the clock." ♪ one, two, 3:00, 4:00 rock ♪ >> reporter: he grew up in the new york suburbs, the son of a radio executive. after losing his brother in world war ii, he listened to radio obsessively to cure his sadness and loneliness. a mailroom job at a radio station led to a job as a deejay. leerz later he turned to tv where he practically invented saturday afternoon. ♪ to myself i do want you around ♪ >> would you be kind enough to introduce me to your brothers, starting with the gentleman on the end with the -- >> reporter: "american bandstand" was a weekly window into our culture. it's where we got to see and hear the music that defined an era. >> this is the number one song.
>> reporter: it was a simple idea dick clark played records, the kids in the studio would dance, and we would all watch and listen from home. >> kids had no, you know, nothing of their own. they didn't have their own clothes. they didn't have their own music. all of a sudden they control the world. ♪ stop in the name of love ♪ >> reporter: it was our first chance to hear the future giants of the recording industry and our first glance at what would become the next dance craze. >> ladies and gentlemen, here's chubby checkers. ♪ baby, let's do the twist ♪ >> reporter: he was remembered today by rock 'n' roll legend chubby checker. >> i think when he put me on tv, that did it. we knew that if we got on television, that's all they had to do. just give me a chance to go on tv with the twist, and the rest would be history. it didn't only happen for me. it happened for him. ♪ why must i be a teenager in love ♪ >> reporter: it was also our first glimpse of what the
artists looked like and how they moved. for years the show originated from philadelphia. then it moved to hollywood. once there, dick clark became a force in the entertainment business. he seemed to host just about everything from game shows to the first show dedicated to bloopers, showing people being themselves long before youtube made it an industry, and all along dick clark remained predictably, reliably himself because he never seemed to age and always looked pretty much the same, he was jokingly referred to as america's oldest teenager. all that work made dick clark a very wealthy man. he long ago cracked the forbes list of the 400 richest americans. he won every award imaginable, and he had a hand in a lot of careers. >> i wanted to go down in history that dick clark was the man who played the music and we danced to the music that he played, and the king of the disk jockeys died today, and his name was dick clark.
>> dick clark was up front about his struggle to communicate after the damage he suffered in a stroke back in 2004. >> it was a long, hard fight. my speech is not perfect. >> reporter: the man we had watched on television all our lives wasn't about to suddenly disappear from television. he only missed one new year's eve broadcast. he was in the game until the very end. just this past new year's eve there he was again in times square as 2011 gave way to 2012. and when the time comes for the ball to drop for another year to end and a new year to begin, there will be a major presence missing from the biggest party on the planet. dick clark was 82 years old. >> remembering the force that was dick clark. that is our broadcast for tonight. by the way, next week if you shop there, you perhaps have your favorites, perhaps it's the rotisserie chicken, might be the pistachios or the copy paper or the socks.
we will go behind the scenes at costco with carl quintanilla and find out how they make us cardholders buy what we buy there by reducing the confusion. >> one ketchup, one choice. you don't have to choose from a variety of other ones. >> you've literally paid them to do that. >> exactly. >> they've edited it down. >> we will show you the secrets of costco. it's just a part of our next broadcast on rock center 9:00 east, 8:00 central. for everyone who works so hard to bring you this broadcast tonight, thanks for being here with us. we, of course, hope to see you from this very studio tomorrow evening for nbc "nightly news." for now and for all of us here in new york, good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com